Caroline Garcia’s American Nights

Caroline Garcia’s American Nights

Caroline Garcia’s American Nights

Caroline Garcia after her victory over Coco Gauff at the US Open, September 7, 2022.

The gala match didn’t keep its promises, but Caroline Garcia cheerfully pleads guilty. On Tuesday 6 September, contrary to the young American “Coco” Gauff in the quarter-finals of the US Open, the Frenchwoman voluntarily prevented the lighting of the Arthur-Ashe stadium, the largest tennis court in the world: in the evening the New Yorker arrived short for the 23,000 spectators who came to cheer on the 18-year-old local prodigy after the Lyon recital. The 17And the world player walked with her youngest number 12 seeded, defeated 6-3, 6-4 after only an hour and thirty-seven of play.

A crossing of the field, arms outstretched to imitate the plane, then a flight to his clan. Caroline Garcia’s choreography, which earned her the nickname “Flying Caro”, is now well established. On her face, a broad smile, which had not left her since the beginning of the summer. Because, for a few months now, the young 28-year-old woman seems to have found her cruise altitude. Titled three times on three different surfaces – Bad Hombourg on grass in June, Warsaw on clay in July and Cincinnati on hardcourt in August – the right-hander did not descend from its cloud in New York, where it qualified for first. Grand Slam singles semifinal of his career.

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A quarter-final that Lyonnaise has no intention of forgetting. “It was a very intense game, the atmosphere was very American with a lot of energy on the pitch. The path is really clear now and I’m trying to follow it. ” welcomed Garcia, who is only the third French player to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in the Open era (since 1968), after Amélie Mauresmo (2002 and 2006) and Mary Pierce (2005). “She likes to play this kind of games, that’s why she wanted to go back to this level”Julien Benneteau, his Fed Cup captain (now Billie Jean King Cup) abounds.

Four years after reaching world number 4, Caroline Garcia is back with a bang on the front of the stage. Because his New York epic echoes his royal tour of China in late 2017. That year, after his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland-Garros, he won the Wuhan and Beijing tournaments in quick succession, the equivalent of a Masters 1000. for men (the category just below the Grand Slams). Garcia breaks free. But the souffle falls just as quickly as she grew up.

Crossing the desert

Expectations too heavy to bear for what the British Andy Murray announced, in 2011, as the future world number 1. “It was difficult because people expected a lot of me. I was around 150And200And place in the world, I was 17 and my game was not ready. I wasn’t able to consistently play at that level. ” he explained on Tuesday night, after his victory over Coco Gauff.

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